The research proposal defines your research topic with a detailed time plan for the research to be carried out.
It identifies the specific aims of the project - the problem(s) it hopes to solve or particular question(s) it will answer. The proposal also identifies the methods to be used or the approach to be taken and shows that you have made efforts to ensure that the project does not duplicate work already done. You must also identify any special needs for your project such as equipment or ethics approval.
Preparing your proposal is a good opportunity to present your work to colleagues in the School and obtain feedback. To facilitate this, the School requires each student to hold an informal presentation (for example, white board only - no PowerPoint) for your supervisor(s), other academics working in related research areas, and fellow research students before submitting the full proposal.
The process works as follows:
- A couple of weeks (at least) before your proposal is due, circulate a copy of your proposal (current draft) to interested academics (at least two with expertise in your research area) and research students and, with them, choose a suitable time for a meeting.
- Hold the meeting at which you outline your planned research, and have time for questions, suggestions and discussion. The meeting should be advertised by email to the academics and postgraduate mailing list so that people with an interest in your research (and in particular the Head of School and Postgraduate Coordinator) can attend.
- You obtain written feedback (such as comments written on your proposal and any extra feedback from the meeting) from at least two academic staff with expertise in your research area, one of whom will usually be your supervisor. Use this feedback to revise your proposal as necessary.
- Read the Guidelines and complete the Postgraduate School Research Proposal cover sheet and obtain the necessary supervisor(s) signatures.
- Submit your completed Proposal form to the School Postgraduate Coordinator, together with the approvals from your reviewers. She will check that the proposal is comprehensive and complete before forwarding the forms to the Head of School.
- Forms will be signed off by the Head of School and forwarded to the Graduate Research School.
- Once approved, you provide an electronic and a paper copy of your proposal to the Postgraduate Coordinator to be displayed on the School website and in a folder in the Common Room.
The approval of a candidate's enrolment is dependent on the acceptance of the research proposal
Feedback about this process should be made to the School Postgraduate Coordinator, Du Huynh.